Mars Hill Shuts Out Lees-McRae in Opener

MARS HILL, N.C.-- The Mars Hill lacrosse team controlled the game from start-to-finish in a 19-0 victory over Lees-McRae in the Lions' season opener Saturday afternoon at Meares Stadium.

Ten different Lions scored in the victory. Freshman Will Scott led MHC with three goals in a strong debut. Kile Garrett notched a team-high five points, picking up two goals and assisting on three others. Jamie Raezer, Anthony Malcolm, Dan Applebaum, Ryan Sage and Garrett Hargis each scored two goals, while A.J. Seip picked up a team-high six ground balls. Patrick McMahon made three saves to earn the victory in net. Mars Hill opens the season 1-0, while Lees-McCrae falls to 0-2.

Five Lions scored in the first quarter as Mars Hill built a 5-0 lead. Zach Tomkinson got MHC on the board just 48 seconds into the contest and added an assist later in the period. Raezer, Jimmy McBride, Scott and Hargis added goals in the period. The Lions outshot the Bobcats 13-2 in the opening frame.

Mars Hill exploded for nine goals in the second quarter to build a 14-0 lead. The Lions held a 19-2 advantage in shots on goal in the period. Garrett scored both his goals and assisted on another in the period. Frankie Riffe added his lone tally on the afternoon during the second stanza.

From then on out, the Lions controlled the clock, adding five goals over the final two periods. Jesse Mimken and Jack Grinewich each earned some action in goal and made two saves apiece. The Lions outshot the Bobcats 22-6 in the second half.

Mars Hill will face Roberts Wesleyan in a neutral contest at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. next Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m.

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MARS HILL, N.C. -- Mars Hill College outscored visiting Lees-McRae College by a 14-0 margin in the first half en route to a 19-0 win in non-conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Mars Hill (1-0) outshot Lees-McRae (0-2) by a 54-10 margin in the contest, including a 22-6 advantage in the second half, while converting 21 of 22 clear attempts and scoping up 45 ground balls. The Bobcats converted 15 of 18 clearing attempts on the day, winning eight face-offs and recording 23 ground balls.

Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) posted another strong performance between the pipes for Lees-McRae, tallying 14 saves in a complete game effort. Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with four shots, including three on frame, as Dillon Quinn (Greensboro, N.C.) and Harrison recorded four and three ground balls, respectively.

Kile Garrett led the way for Mars Hill with a five-point performance, posting two goals and a game-high three assists, as Will Scott tallied a contest-best three goals. Dan Applebaum, Jamie Raezer, Ryan Sage, Garrett Hargis, and Anthony Malcolm each scored a pair of goals for the Lions.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday, February 16 when the Bobcats travel to Wingate, N.C. to take on Wingate University in non-conference action at 2:00 p.m.


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